The urban forest plays an important role in Boston's landscape. The urban forest consists not only of all the treed areas in Boston (streets, yards, urban wilds, cemeteries, and parks) but also shrubs, grasses, herbaceous ground cover, soil, and our waterways. Trees contribute to the well being of our communities by:
The Parks Department is the agency with regulatory and operational responsibilities for public shade trees. The Department's maintenance program includes pruning, disease control, removals, and storm damage repairs. We plant public shade trees throughout Boston's 22 neighborhoods. Each street tree signifies the Mayor's commitment to a greener Boston. The Department plants in the fall and in the spring. Planting locations are primarily chosen based on resident requests.
We hope that you will become stewards of Boston's trees. Please mulch properly, please water your street tree, and report any tree issues to the Park Line at (617) 635.PARK.
Tree and Bench Donation Program
Honor someone special or celebrate a momentous occasion with a park bench or live tree in one of Boston's parks. All donations help to support parks citywide.